- Katie Riley, a Democrat making her second run at the House District 29 seat, currently held by Rep. Katie Eyre (R-Hillsboro), learned an important lesson this week: If you are going to misrepresent your opponentâs record, donât do it in a voicemail. Riley recently left a message for a potential contributor claiming to be âthe only pro-choice candidate running in this district.â Thatâs news to her rival for the Democratic nomination, Ben Unger, who sat with Riley at a Planned Parenthood lunch last week and has worked closely with that group and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon for the past five years as a political organizer. Riley says her claim was a âmistakeâ and she knows Unger is pro-choice.
House District 29 candidate Katie Riley tells a potential contributor she is the only pro-choice candidate in her race.
- Oregonians so far havenât been big givers to Super PACs, the game-changing independent committees thatâthanks to a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decisionâcan raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to boost or attack a candidate. But Federal Election Commission records show one Southwest Portland resident, Joan Peters, gave $250 to the most famous Super PAC: Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, formed by Comedy Centralâs Stephen Colbert. Colbert used his Super PAC to finance his satirical presidential bid in the South Carolina GOP primary. âItâs my way of being able to support democracy,â Peters, an unemployed nurse, tells WW. âI think itâs a powerful thing to do, through satire, to show what mockery is really happeningâand how weâre being mocked by the regular campaigns.â
- Portland police rushed to issue a press release Feb. 3 when vandals hit cars in the cityâs Southwest neighborhoods and Lake Oswego. The Oregonian wrote at least three articles on the spree that left 100 cars with paint damage or broken windows; the paper quoted one Lake O resident decrying vandalism in his ânice neighborhood.â Our sympathies to those whose property was damaged, but maybe the emphasis is misplaced. A quick look at Portland police statistics shows that, in the 12 months ending in December, there were 369 reported incidents of vandalism in Southwest Portlandâcompared with 1,359 incidents in East Portland, none of which merited a police press release.
- Families of two alleged hazing victims at Grant High School have accused KGW-TV Channel 8 of airing a bogus interview with a woman who posed as one of the victimâs relatives. As first reported on wweek.com, the families told school officials the anonymous woman wasnât related to them and that she discussed phony details about the sexual nature of the alleged hazing. KGWâwhich kept her face shadowedâremoved the video from the stationâs website and hasnât been able to confirm the womanâs story. News Director Rick Jacobs declined to comment on what happened.